ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting Marriyum Aurengzeb said Monday the cabinet, after due deliberation, approved the recommendations of the Interior Ministry for removal of five persons’ names from the Exit Control List (ECL).
Marriyum Aurengzeb said this while addressing a press conference along with Minister for Energy Khurram Dastgir Khan, Minister of State for Petroleum Dr Musadik Malik, PM’s Adviser on Kashmir Affairs Qamar Zaman Kaira and Minister for Board of Investment Chaudhry Salik Hussain.
Marriyum said that the cabinet meeting chaired by Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif decided that the law minister would give a threadbare briefing to the media persons on the National Accountability Bureau (Amendment) Bill, 2022 on Tuesday.
She said that fabricated cases were lodged against political opponents during the Imran-led government, which, however, failed to prove even a single allegation in courts. Imran Khan was now trying to build a false narrative that the coalition government was amending the NAB laws to end their cases.
She said the cabinet was given a detailed briefing over matters related to the Power Division, including loadshedding, and existing electricity generation capacity, its demand and consumption. Around 23,900 megawatt electricity was generated in the month of June, while its demand touched 30,000 MW, which was historic and unprecedented, she added.
The minister said it was noted that half of the total electricity generation capacity was installed during the previous tenure of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PMLN) government (2013-2018).
Ironically, it was the last Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) regime, which accused the PMLN government of setting up additional power plants, but not a single project was initiated during its four years to further increase the generation capacity to meet the ever growing demand, she stressed.
Marriyum said the cabinet, on the recommendation of the Finance Division, okayed appointment of the Crowe Hussain and Co as the external auditors of Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan for the fiscal year 2021-22. She said it also ratified the decisions taken by the Cabinet Committee on Legislative Cases (CCLC) in its meeting on June 29. The decisions included approval of the Intellectual Property Organization of Pakistan’s financial and services, the Publication of Laws of Pakistan (Amendment) Bill 2022 and the National Accountability (Amendment) Bill 2022.
The minister said the cabinet also accorded approval to the decisions taken in the Cabinet Committee on Privatization meeting, held on June 24. She said a task force, headed by Defence Minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif, was formed for devising a legal framework of government-to-government commercial transactions.
The task force would also discuss the revival of Pakistan Steels Mills and review the privatisation of a hotel and projects related to the power sectors, she added. She said the presentation of the task force on solar energy would be given in the cabinet's next meeting.
Similarly, the task force on agriculture would also present its proposals before the next cabinet meeting for implementation of the incentives given to the sector in the current financial budget, she added.
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